Dragon Age Inquisition Walkthrough and Tips – Boss Guide, Side Quests, War Council Rewards

How to beat every boss and complete all of the side quests in Dragon Age Inquisition for Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

This is Prima’s in-depth and free walkthrough for Dragon Age: Inquisition, a role-playing game created by Bioware. Publisher Electronic Arts released this RPG in North America on November 18, 2014 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Inquisition contains hundreds of side quests and multiple quest paths for fans to complete at their leisure. The different ways players respond to critical events will change the outcome of their adventures. They choose which characters join their parties and send others to jail. In addition, loot players grab from chests is different depending on the class and choices they made beforehand.

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The open-ended gameplay of Inquisition makes the process of writing a complete walkthrough a bit more daunting. This walkthrough follows our initial play through and the choices we made. It focuses on the main quest line to get you through the game as quickly as possible. In the future, we will add some of the more difficult side quests and hidden items, as well as various tips articles providing strategy for all classes and play styles.

EA released the Dragon Age Inquisition Game of the Year Edition on October 6, 2015. If this is your first time playing the adventure, our core game walkthrough is sectioned off to make it easy to navigate. Look for the name of the main quest you’re on and jump straight to that page to get the advice you’re looking for.

Class Features

Dragon Age Inquisition: How to Play as a Warrior
Become a proper sword and shield tank or pick up your two-handed weapon and cut through opponents!

Dragon Age Inquisition: How to Play as a Rogue
Kill enemies from range with the Archery skill, or attack from behind with Double Daggers!

Dragon Age Inquisition: How to Play as a Mage
Learn how to use the Barrier Spell, and save the party with Chain Lightning and Flash Fire!

Dragon Age Inquisition: Rifts, War Council, Status Effects
Find out how to quickly close rifts, setup a good party, understand status effects and earn rewards from the war council.

Main Quests

Dragon Age Inquisition: The Wrath of Heaven
Make your way through the beginning of the game and beat the Pride Demon along the way!

Dragon Age Inquisition: The Threat Remains
Travel to the Hinterlands and Val Royeaux to decide if you want to ally with the Templars or the mages.

Dragon Age Inquisition: The Captain of the Chargers
Explore the Storm Coast and Ghislain Estate to add Iron Bull and Vivienne to your party, then battle against the boss, Alexius!

Dragon Age Inquisition – In Your Heart Shall Burn
Find out how to reach Skyhold, your new base, then travel to the Hinterlands to add Blackwell to your party.

Dragon Age Inquisition – From the Ashes
Venture to Crestwood to find the warden, then battle the Highwayman Chief to claim a new sub-base.

Dragon Age Inquisition – Investigate the Western Approach
Head to the Western Approach to meet Hawke and Stroud, then figure out the Venatori message.

Dragon Age Inquisition – Here Lies the Abyss
Find Warden-Commander Clarel, then head into the Fade to beat the Aspect of Nightmare boss.

Dragon Age Inquisition – Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts
Head to the Winter Palace, find the storage key and Halla Statues, then beat the Grand Duchess boss.

Dragon Age Inquisition – What Pride Had Wrought
Make your way to the Temple of Mythal, solve the puzzles within, then beat Samson!

Dragon Age Inquisition – The Final Piece and Doom Upon All the World
Head to the Altar of Mythal to power up, then beat Corypheus and the Red Lyrium Dragon in the final boss battle.

Side Quests

Dragon Age Inquisition – High Dragon
How to kill the 10 High Dragons in Dragon Age: Inquisition, including the Vinsomer, Abyssal High Dragon and Sandy Howler.

Dragon Age Inquisition – Inner Circle Side Quests, Romance Guide
Romance Cassandra, Dorian or Iron Bull, and add Cole and Blackwall to your party!

Dragon Age Inquisition – Haven
Craft and modify armor, help Adan and equip a potion to complete the side quests in Haven!

Dragon Age Inquisition – The Hinterlands
Complete every quest in the Hinterlands, including the Mercenary Fortress and Valammar.

Dragon Age Inquisition – Val Royeaux
Add Sera and Vivienne to your party in Val Royeaux and the Ghislain Estate!

Dragon Age Inquisition – The Fallow Mire
Gain 10 power levels as you complete all of the side quests in Fallow Mire!

Dragon Age Inquisition – The Storm Coast
Earn eight power levels and discover a location that leads to one of the High Dragons!

Dragon Age Inquisition – Forbidden Oasis
Collect as many shards as possible to clear the Temple of Pride and the Pride Demon within.

Dragon Age Inquisition – Skyhold
Add Dagna to Skyhold and upgrade your new base of operations!

Dragon Age Inquisition – Crestwood
Claim the Caer Bronach Keep as you defeat Rage Demons and clear the Flooded Caves!

Dragon Age Inquisition – The Western Approach
Complete all of Frederic’s quests and secure the Griffon Wing Keep in the Western Approach.

Dragon Age Inquisition – The Exalted Plains
Liberate Victory Rose and the Citadelle du Corbeau and gain favor with the Dalish so Loranil joins the Inquisition.

Dragon Age Inquisition – Emerald Graves
Take down Sister Costeau, Duhaime, and explore Din’an Hanin, the Knight’s Tomb!

Dragon Age Inquisition – Emprise du Lion
Capture Suledin Keep, kill or make a deal with Imshael, and pass judgment on Mistress Poulin.

Dragon Age Inquisition – The Hissing Wastes
Solve the veilfire torch puzzles at each tomb to find the Tomb of Fairel!

Tips for Playing Dragon Age: Inquisition

  • There are many main quests which require power level points. You cannot continue the main quest line until you acquire the specified number of power level points. Completing side quests almost always raises your power level. Pick up any side quests you come across so you can avoid grinding side quests later on when you want to continue the main quest line.
  • Use the scan feature (L3 on controllers) to search the immediate area for loot. If you hear a special sound effect, there’s loot nearby that will be outlined with a yellow glow.
  • Adjust how often your party members use potions and abilities and which abilities take priority over others using the Character Record section of the pause menu.
  • Characters receive experience and level up even if they’re not an active member of your party. This means you can switch party members at any time without having to worry about the new party member being under-leveled.
  • If your inventory is full, you can still pick up stackable items if you already have at least one in your inventory. However, this only works if you select the items from the loot menu individually. If you select the “Take All” option it will say your inventory is full and you won’t be able to collect the loot.
  • While there are ways to hold more potions, your entire party pulls from the same potion inventory (which starts at eight). Use your potions wisely or go back to camp sites frequently to refill.
  • There are no direct healing spells in Dragon Age: Inquisition. Instead, mages can acquire barrier spells that essentially give characters armor. Use this frequently to keep your party in good health.
  • During down time at Haven and your other bases, you can speak to various members of the Inquisition (including your party members) and develop intimate relationships based on your dialogue choices. Symbols will occasionally appear during dialogue to indicate your emotion. Select the heart symbol response to cultivate the relationship.
  • Use the Quest Map or fast travel points to quickly move throughout the local area or the entire region.
  • When upgrading weapons and armor, you can add or remove custom items such as hafts or grips that add bonus stats. If you get new armor, remove the items from your old armor to place on the new gear before you sell it. However, you cannot remove runes. Once a rune is placed it is permanent.

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Bryan Dawson has an extensive background in the gaming industry, having worked as a journalist for various publications for nearly 20 years and participating in a multitude of competitive fighting game events. He has authored over a dozen strategy guides for Prima Games, worked as a consultant on numerous gaming-related TV and web shows and was the Operations Manager for the fighting game division of the IGN Pro League.